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Faculty - Janis Massa, ESL

Faculty - Janis MassaE-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-8893
Office: Carman Hall, Room 394
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5:30PM, and by appointment
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., M.A., San Francisco State University; M.A., Ph.D., New York University.

Academic Interests

  • The sociocultural context of teaching and learning; critical literacy theory; second language acquisition.


  • Urban school reform; immigration and education


  • Elected by CUNY Senate to Executive Board of Directors, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, 2006-present
  • University of Oklahoma, National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Elected to Board of Directors, Latino Caucus, 2008-present
  • Rockefeller Foundation Residency Fellowship. “Educational Access in the Diaspora,” Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the America and the Caribbean, 2002-2003
  • Oxford University Round Table for College and University Leaders. Invited member, panel: “Expansion of Access and the Reach of Mass Higher Education”, 2002
  • White House Commission on Education, Honorable Mention for educational contribution to the Dominican population, New York, 1997

Broadcast Media

  • ABC-TV New York "After the Sexual Revolution" Peter Jennings, moderator. Documentary, extensive interview and production. Used as teaching tool in classes, New York University Women's Studies Program and School of Education
  • KQED FM, San Francisco "The Helleniki Hour." Co-produced, broadcast, edited, and translated weekly Greek/English news and culture program

Publications and Presentations

  • "Critical literacy development in action." Theory in Action 2(2009): 195-221 (with L. Pinhasi-Vittorio).
  • "L2 pedagogy and globalization: An historic overview". Academic Exchange Quarterly, 1 (2008): 45-50.
  • Reinventing Education in the New Geography" In J. Miller and J. Grocci (eds.), On Becoming a Productive University: Strategies for Reducing Costs and Increasing Quality (2005)
  • Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural Classroom (2003)
  • "Identity Resolution and Educational Achievement in the Second Language Classroom." In Punto 7 Review: A Journal of Marginal Discourse.(1996)
  • Recent papers presented include American Anthropological Association, Montréal BC (2011); School District 18, Neyba, Dominican Republic (2010); National Congress for Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, San Francisco (2011); National Council of Teachers of English, Pittsburgh (2010); Centro Linguistica, Santiago de Cub (2003).